Did you have to sit through debates listening to experts arguing which is better: simulation or real life training; eLearning or attending a traditional tutorial; OSCEs or workplace-based assessments? Well, the short answer is that they are all good but none is that good on its own.
Blended or hybrid learning aims to combine the flexibility and convenience of online learning with interaction and feedback from a clinical trainer; hence, overcoming the disadvantages of each modality when used on its own. Blended learning enables trainees to plan and personalise their training and enhance their learning experience and its outputs.
We have recently launched a state-of-the-art Blended eLearning and Simulation Training (BeST) resource on StratOG. The overall aim of the BeST programme is to provide trainees with access to a structured framework for training; integrating online knowledge-based resources and assessment, technology (simulation) enhanced learning, suggestions for workplace-based training and reflective learning.
BeST is designed to help trainees structure their training, from the initial stages of gaining theoretical knowledge and practising on a simulator, through to performing a particular procedure on a patient and reflecting on the outcome. We believe that this will be relevant for trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology globally.
Each BeST programme will have a slightly different structure depending on the requirements of the topic but, as a minimum, each programme will contain the levels of Miller’s pyramid (illustrated):